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Elder Scrolls Online NDA Lifted

The non-disclosure agreement for ESO has been lifted today, meaning that everyone in Beta can now talk about and post screenshots of their experiences with the game. 

It also means that all the books are finally available! For now, you can see them all on the ESOHead wiki - we will be adding them to the library in the coming days.

Head over to the Storyboard if you'd like to discuss the lore or gameplay of ESO, now that we finally can :)

Cartography Update

Over twenty new maps have been added to the Library's Cartography section. Most are regional maps pulled from ESO's interactive map feature. You should totally check that out, by the way - it includes many anecdotes and texts about life in the 2nd era. The other two maps are pulled from the Elder Scrolls Anthology. They are a new map of Tamriel and an updated map of the Iliac Bay. The former features two potentially interesting misspellings: Elinhir as Blinhir, and Jehanna as Jelhana. Both these maps were scanned and given to us by Sage of Ice, so big thanks to him. 

When you're done studying all those, you should take a look at this fascinating thesis by forum user Emily. She writes expertly about the impact of real-world cultures and outlooks on them within Skyrim and RPGs in general. 

Enjoy!

New Articles

Two new articles have been added to the Library.

One, titled Genesis because "Monomyth" was already claimed, takes the various creation myths and arranges each part of them side by side to facilitate easy study. We still recommend reading the individual stories, but this format should make it easier to see how they are all different versions of one big story. You can find Genesis in the Religion & Mythology section of the sidebar.

The other article is a compilation of questions and answers pulled from the Elder Scrolls Online knowledgebase. While some of it concerns the game itself, there are several interesting details about the second era in general. You can find it under the Interviews section of the Developer heading in the sidebar. 

Our timeline has also been extensively (though rather subtly) updated, with numerous edits, rewrites, and additions to make it more accurate, better sourced, and easier to read.

If you have comments about these articles or suggestions about anything else, we encourage you to post them.  

The New Encyclopedia Tamrielica

Zeph has been working on for a long time on this epic and now The Elderscrolls Treasury has been updated! The treasury attempts to capture every scrap of knowledge ever published about Tamriel and beyond in a single downloadable body of knowledge. With the addition of The New Encyclopedia Tamrielica and Common Names in Tamriel (1st ed.) it is now complete up to Oblivion.

I've only been able to review a small sampling of it but I think it would be accurate to say that the treasury is one of the most comprehensive works in existence. Zeph has been a longtime Elderscrolls fan and I admire his persistence and the dedication he puts into his work. I'd recommend anybody who wants to know anything about the world of the Elderscrolls keep a copy of this document nearby.

That said, the next edition that will include Skyrim is in the works.

Aldmeri Alphabets

A new Aldmeri Alphabets article has been written to replace the outdated Dwemer Runes page. In addition to translations of Dwemeri, Ayleid, and Falmeri writing systems, it includes all references to the languages in game, translations, symbology, and notes on pronunciation. You can find it in the "Languages & Arts" section of the Library. 

New look for TIL

A new look is in the works for The Imperial Library. The new theme will be a lot more structured and quite a bit more pleasing to the eye, so that the Library can feel like a library again. Also slated are some more up-to-date looking discussion boards.

In time, the new look will become the default setting for first-time visitors, but while we are still ironing out the kinks, registered members can take a sneak peek by selecting the new theme in their profile settings.

Update:

The new theme is now live!

The Elder Scrolls Online Website

The Elder Scrolls Online unveiled their official website this week. On it you can find all-new information about the factions and their leaders, the game's storyline, and new concept art.

TIL Spotlight

The Imperial Library was recently interviewed as part of Elder Scrolls Online's fansite spotlight series. Head over to their facebook page to check it out.

Introduction to the Lore of The Elder Scrolls Online

The official Elder Scrolls Online facebook page has posted an article outlining the history and current events behind the game. It provides details about the political workings of Tamriel in the 2E 280s, and hints at some of the metaphysics behind Bal's invasion. 

Dawnguard Books and Developer Quotes

Couple new things in the library today. First up, all of the Dawnguard books have been uploaded, including pictures and foreign text. Most pertain directly to quests and locations in that DLC, but there are a few Falmer books worth checking out: 

  • The Betrayed - a poem about the fall of the Snow Prince and the Falmer civilization
  • Touching the Sky - details the pilgrimage to the Inner Sanctum undertaken by some Falmer
  • Diary of Faire Agarwen - the Falmer in exile, and an interesting dating system.

The Aetherium Wars and Katria's Journal are likewise worth reading. Combined, they give us some interesting new information on Dwemer history and culture. 

I've also updated the forum archive's developer quotes section. Kurt Kuhlmann received his own page, and a couple quotes from Shane Liesegang (SJML) have been added to the general section. A few pieces were added a little while back, but never announced, namely Michael Kirkbride's celebration of Morrowind's 10th anniversary. Check out the true(?) story of Nerevar's murder, and a netchiman's son's view of Velothi culture.

Enjoy!